Sustainability

For us, sustainability is a prerequisite for Sustainable Development and also a factor in achieving stability and success. The implementation of responsible operating practices is our strategic choice, emphasising and focusing our attention over time on material issues and crucial pillars of corporate responsibility. We strive for a target of zero incidents by constantly improving our workplace while also taking care of minimising our environmental footprint. We build long-term relationships of trust with our customers and partners and we are always on their side supporting the needs of the local communities where we operate.
 
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Aluminium recycling

 

Aluminium is one of the most recycled materials worldwide. The important properties of aluminium, coupled with its numerous applications in modern society, make it a ‘green’ metal. Aluminium recycling is a particularly important and vital practice for Sustainable Development, since it helps greatly, in saving natural resources and energy.
As part of its general strategy to achieve Sustainable Development and promote aluminium recycling in Greece, Elval create (2013) the innovative Aluminium Can Recycling Centre. Today, we are very proud that our voluntary initiative - Canal - now counts 14 years of operation and contribution in aluminium recycling.
 
Recycling concerns us all!

 

 

 

 
 
 
By recycling aluminium, we contribute to:
 
  • Environmental protection
  • Raw material conservation (e.g. bauxite)
  • Energy savings of 95%
  • Reduction of carbon dioxide emissions
  • Reduction in amount of waste that ends up in sanitary landfills
  • Creation of new jobs.

 

Canal (Aluminium can recycling centre)

 

Canal is an innovative recycling centre that is unique in Greece, combining aluminium recycling and environmental information and awareness raising for school pupils and the public in general.
Canal receives, purchases and packages old aluminium cans and then sends them to Elval’s plant at Oinofyta so that they can re-enter the production process, which entails numerous benefits for society as a whole. It can process around 2,800 tons of aluminium cans a year and implements an ISO 14001:2004–certified environmental management system.
 
At the same time it functions as a communication area, where organisations, social groups, schools, businesses and individuals are informed and become aware of the recycling process in order to participate therein actively and efficiently. It organises educational programs in cooperation with institutions in schools on aluminium recycling and proper waste management. In addition, it organises school contests on recycling and respect for the environment and recycling aluminium can contests.
(For more information on Canal and the recycling process, visit the website )
 

 

 

‘’Canal’s strategic objective is to promote
recycling in order to increase the extremely low
aluminium recycling rate in Greece’’

 

 

Promoting aluminium recycling

 
From the first moment we started creating the Aluminium Can Recycling Centre (Canal) we had a very clear orientation in mind: to promote aluminium recycling in Greece, in order to change the mentality and increase the extremely low recycling rate of aluminium in Greece. Today, we are very proud that this voluntary initiative of ours, Canal, has been in operation for so many years, making a major contribution to aluminium recycling.
Combining aluminium recycling with environmental awareness and sensitisation of pupils and the public, Canal, apart from the cans it accepts, also implements an “Integrated environmental awareness, sensitisation and education program for the school community on aluminium recycling”. Canal’s training and awareness program unfolds in two pillars:

 

 

Actions at Canal

Canal functions as an information and environmental awareness centre with a special info-room fitted with audio visual equipment, with a qualified environmental expert on hand to provide assistance. The public, schools in particular, as well as private individuals and organisations can learn about aluminium recycling at the centre which strives to raise awareness about these matters. School groups, especially from primary schools, visit Canal daily to learn about the aluminium production process, how it is recycled and the resulting benefits, and about proper environmental conduct.
 

Actions beyond Canal

Canal in partnership with the NGO quality net foundation and the teachers from the experiential school "Viomatiko scholeio" offers hands-on educational courses for primary school pupils. With the assistance of the experiential school "Viomatiko scholeio" awareness among the public has been improved and more information via its innovative educational programmes about the environment and recycling has been disseminated.
 
 
In addition and as part of the program, a school contest is organised enabling pupils to participate individually or in groups, by submitting their works on the Environment and Recycling.
A committee, comprising of education, environment and art experts, select the best of the pupils’ works to be awarded.
 
The results of the school contest are announced during an event organised by Canal, where all of the pupils’ works are exhibited. The event that takes place at the end of the school year is attended by parents, teachers and pupils, who embrace the message that protecting the environment and recycling is a way of life.

 

 

 

Delacquering furnaces

 
Another remarkable investment by Elval, which is directly tied into the recycling program, are the new delacquering – aluminium melting furnaces, which use innovative technology for environmentally friendly aluminium recycling.
 
Elval proceeded to installing and operating two cutting-edge delacquering furnances that allow achieving:
• Significant energy savings and minimising atmospheric emissions (aluminium recycling with low atmospheric emissions).
• Recyclability of a wide range of recycled aluminium qualities.
• Saving of natural resources.
• A reduction of the energy footprint of secondary aluminium production.
• Ensuring better control conditions and improvement of product quality.
• Optimization of the supply chain and reduction of production idle times.
 
This technology ensures that aluminium is recycled in an environmentally friendly process, using less energy, limiting waste and lowering atmospheric emissions, while increasing the capacity of using recycled aluminium as a raw material, thereby contributing to mitigating climate change.
Elval’s delacquering – aluminium melting furnaces represent an improved application of tried and tested technologies and is a shining example of sustainable development in industrial production.

 

 

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